Latest news from Jet2, easyJet, TUI and Ryanair after greenlist update
On June 14, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that international travel would continue to reopen, albeit cautiously, with a number of countries added to the government’s green list.
Upcoming changes will see Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands, among others, added to the list, with those parts of the world deemed to have met the necessary criteria for reclassification.
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The update is expected to take place from 4 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, allowing residents of Cheshire, as well as the rest of the UK, to travel abroad this year.
Many airlines have posted updates in the wake of the news, which could see more people booking a summer getaway.
People who travel to countries on the green list do not have to self-quarantine when they return to the UK, but very few destinations were on the list until yesterday, ECHO reported.
The announcement was well received by travel agencies, with several setting up additional flights and vacations.
Here are the latest updates from airlines and vacation companies following the latest government review.
Jet2 will begin selling trips to the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca, as well as the islands of Madeira and Malta, from July 1 after Covid’s travel restrictions eased.
However, Jet2 has postponed restarting its flights and vacations in Turkey until July 22, as the country remains on the government’s red list.
An update on Orange List destinations will be delivered to customers “in due course,” the company added.
Steve Heapy, Managing Director of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We have urged the UK government to stay true to its word and follow the scientific evidence when it comes to making decisions about international travel, so today’s announcement is late but welcome not in the right direction.
“We believe other destinations should always be added to the green list, but it shows the government is firmly committed to reopening international travel and we welcome this approach.
“This is fantastic news for our customers who want nothing more than to get away from it all for a well-deserved vacation. Now that we know where we can go, our goal is to get everything ready for the restart of our international flights. and holidays.
“I know the announcement sent a wave of excitement through our business. Our colleagues have worked so hard to care for customers throughout the pandemic, and I know how eager they are to get their customers back. on holiday.”
The boss of Jet2 has pledged to update customers planning to go on vacation to Orange List destinations.
He added: “We will provide an update to customers in due course. We welcome the recent reports of those vaccinated who can travel to Orange List destinations without having to quarantine and look forward to more. updates on this The immunization program has been a huge success, so it is time for all of us to benefit from it.
“British holidaymakers have looked with envy on the opening of other countries across Europe. It’s finally their turn to spend their precious vacation in the sun and we couldn’t be more excited to take them away.
Jet2 has announced that it will put on sale more than 70 additional flights to Malta and Madeira with immediate effect, representing thousands of additional seats on sale in July and August. This includes the addition of a new route to Malta from London Stansted.
Tui has been flying to green countries and some orange countries since the traffic light system was announced.
On Thursday, Andrew Flintham, managing director of tour operator Tui, said he saw an “immediate increase in searches and bookings” following the announcement, particularly in the Balearic Islands which include Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca.
The airline currently offers flights and vacations to: Antigua, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Iceland, Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands, Cuba, Greece, Portugal, Saint Lucia and the Canary Islands.
The company also offers free changes on public holidays, as they put it: “If you’ve booked to travel by October 31, 2021, you can make a change free of charge up to 14 days before your departure date. departure. Trip.
“We are currently offering vacations until October 2022, so there is a lot of choice if you decide to delay your vacation.”
easyJet offers flights to several Green List countries and plans to fly to others after the update.
easyJet currently flies to Green List countries Gibraltar, Iceland, Isle of Man and Israel.
easyJet said: “Some international travel is finally starting, the UK government has unveiled its traffic light system to safely restart travel from England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
“Here are all the Green List countries we can take you to. If you are looking to book your next adventure, we currently have more seats to European Green List destinations than any other airline.
“Madeira, Malta and the Balearic Islands will go from amber to green starting Wednesday, June 30 (4am BST). It should also be noted that at the same time, Tunisia will go from amber to red.
“If you need to travel to / from a Green or Orange List country and want to change your booking, you can now transfer your flight at no cost. Changes can be made at any time up to two hours before departure to any flight currently on sale and to any destination (until September 30, 2021 inclusive). You will only have to pay the difference if the new fare is higher. “
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Ryanair has implemented many new flights following the announcement of the government’s green list.
The airline offers flights to Mallorca, Ibiza and Malta from the country’s airports.
Flights start from £ 19.99 and depart from June 28 through August.
The airline has also removed the flight change fee for new bookings made before September 30, 2021.
They said: “We know your plans may change, so we have waived our flight change fee for all new bookings made before September 30, 2021, for travel before December 31, 2021. You can now make up to two flight changes to travel before December 31, 2021. This gives you total flexibility and peace of mind.
“Our Zero Change Fee promotion applies to bookings made after June 10, 2020. Flight changes must take place at least 7 days before the originally scheduled departure dates to benefit from the promotion. Fare and product differences may occur. apply. “
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